• Optical Research Technician

    Job Location US-GA-Alpharetta | US-GA-Alpharetta
    Posted Date 1 month ago(7/19/2018 1:03 PM)
    # of Openings
    Research & Development
  • Overview

    Technology is Currency at Crane!


    Crane is one of the world’s leading producers of currency and banknote technology. With a history that dates back nearly 250 years, Crane is now a fast moving international force in currency.  Integrating best-in-class technology, design and engineering, Crane develops innovative solutions of uncompromising quality for the International Currency Market.  Our award winning MOTION and RAPID (tm) technologies are the clear leader in counterfeit prevention and is featured on the U.S. $100 dollar bill.


    Do you want to be a part of somethign bigger?  Something that impacts the World and each person in it as the same time?  The Research Technician will do just that by helping expanding the understanding of current products and technology in order to develop next-generation structures and products. A key function of this role is to make test samples of our film material, and rigorously study their visual and physical effects so that we can begin to optimize the design of new projects before scaling up into production environments.  This position will be tasked with the creation of the initial micro-optic samples – often by hand. The technologies used to create these samples are proprietary, and are created in-house.


    We offer a competitive benefits package to full-time employees, including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, a 401k match and more.


    This is an exciting opportunity for a detail-oriented Research Technician who loves a challenge and will not quit until successful. Many of the techniques require good hand-eye coordination and strict attention to detail. There is a lot of technique and dexterity involved, and there are often challenges associated with doing these techniques in a repeatable, measurable way. Because of the number of samples required, and the attention to detail inherent in our industry of making currency, a considerable amount of trial and error activities should be expected. As such, persistence is a necessary skill and the ability to handle 99 failures to accomplish one great sample. This is a Research position, and we will be trying a lot of combinations and permutations, and making sure we understand the results and interactions of each by isolating and separating the various parameters which can affect the outcomes. If this sounds like the right fit for you, we welcome you on our team. Fabrication of micro-optic samples by hand or by using proprietary equipment and techniques in a lab or cleanroom setting. The samples will be analyzed visually and physically in order to optimize their design and gain a greater understanding of the interactions of the micro-optic structures

    • Preparation of film samples for internal or external customer presentations. A keen eye for detail, and an appreciation for artistic nuances will be very helpful here in order to best present the technology for various purposes
    • Microscopy. Analysis of defects, samples, microstructures, coatings, etc using confocal microscopy, SEM, or other measurement techniques
    • Generating basic reports of data, with some analysis of findings
    • Keeps a clean and orderly lab space. Participate in process excellence projects to facilitate a safe, clean, efficient work environment.

      Organizes and documents samples in a “research sample library”
    • Provide support to the research team and complete other duties as assigned


    Knowledge (Education/Training) or equivalent:

    • Bachelor’s degree in a technical field (Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Optics)
    • Min. 1-2 years lab experience as Research technician in academia or other job environment
    • Comfort and experience working in a cleanroom as well as other laboratory environments

    • Skill in working with chemicals including acids, bases, and solvents with protective garments for wafer processing

    • Experience in one or more of: thin film metal vacuum deposition, lithography, photography, metrology/inspection instruments supporting photolithography, UV exposure tools, and other related microfabrication/nanofabrication equipment
    • Ability to conduct research tasks independently with minimal supervision
    • Strong communication skills – presenting data in the form of reports, charts, graphs, slide shows, spreadsheets, etc.
    • Entrepreneurial and creative problem solver with a passion for developing/inventing new ideas and solutions
    • Detailed analytical ability coupled with demonstrated troubleshooting skills
    • Able to learn quickly and manage multiple projects/tasks in parallel, with a good understanding of priorities
    • A team based mindset is critical. Must share lab space well with others
    • Ability to influence cross-functional teams without formal authority
    • Strong interpersonal skills, both verbal and written, with demonstrated ability to successfully interact and collaborate with personnel at all levels within the Company and with suppliers
    • Possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License and ability to travel as needed to meet the position requirements

    Applicants must be United States citizens. The person selected for this position will need to demonstrate suitability for employment in a position of Public Trust consistent with our US Government contract requirements.


    Crane is a Drug Free Workplace and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Vet/Disab

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